The Heroic Adventure in The Garden of Forking Paths, by Jorge Luis Borges
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Jorge Luis Borge the author of the essay “The garden of forking paths” was born August
1899 and died in June 1986. He was an Argentine poet and short story writer. He was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina. His works shows a reflection of hallucinatory in all literature.
His works have contributed to philosophical literature and to both fantasy and magical realism.
During his lifetime he wrote so many books amongst which are Ficciones, Aleph and of course this particular piece, “The Garden of Forking Paths.” It is a story about controlling, unleashing and gathering survival techniques by getting and practicalizing ideas in the real…show more content…
Joseph Campbell described an hero as “someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” In other words an hero has to be brave and courageous to give up his existence for others to benefit from it. All stories consist of few common structure found universally in myths, tales and movies. They are generally known as the hero’s journey. The ability to be able to critically analyze it is what is needed when trying to introduce the hero’s journey into a story like this. Joseph Campbell described the journey of an hero as occurring in a cycle consisting of three stages from departure where the hero leaves his comfort and enters the world of the unknown. The second stage which he called the initiation phase where the hero is subjected to a series of examinations where he must prove himself. The last phase which is the return where the hero brings the benefit of his struggle back to his people. This short story might not have exhibited this phases directly because of its tragic end but in spite of its unorthodox structure the application of the simple mythological pattern of the hero’s adventure is evidenced in the story’s tripartite division into